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Almaty to host World Rapid & Blitz Championships from 25th to 30th December 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/11/2022

FIDE World Rapid and Blitz championship will take place from 25th to 30th December in Almaty, Kazakhstan. More details is slated to be revealed by 15th November. One can expect the eligibility criteria, tournament regulations and total prize fund will be mentioned there. GMs Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexandra Kosteniuk and IM Bibisara Assaubayeva are the defending champions. They would definitely like to defend their titles. Among the Indians, it would be great to see Vishy Anand return to this event after skipping last year. He can be joined by Gukesh, Vidit, Arjun Erigaisi, Harikrishna, Praggnanandhaa, S L Narayanan, Nihal, Humpy, Harika and others. Whom would you like to see in this fast and furious action? Photo:

The most exciting annual event

FIDE is happy to confirm the dates and the venue for the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2022.

Almaty, Kazakhstan will be the host of World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2022 | Photo:

The prestigious event will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest metropolis, set in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains. The championship will be played on its traditional dates, between December 25 (arrival and opening) and December 30 (last playing day and closing).


The event is made possible thanks to the agreement with Freedom Finance, which becomes a General Sponsor of the event. Freedom Finance Investment Company is an investment company that is a part of Freedom Holdings (Nevada, USA), trading symbol FRHC. The company is engaged in investment banking, asset management, and capital markets services. Freedom Holdings owns the Kazakh bank Freedom Finance, the online store Freedom24 and the Kazakhstani broker Freedom Finance JSC, among other assets.

More details, including information about hotels, visas etc. will be published by November 15.


There is a large number of countries (over 100) that can benefit either from visa exemption to Kazakhstan, or a simplified procedure to obtain a single-entry electronic visa issued through the Visa and Migration Portal.


In case you missed the moments when two new World Champions were crowned last year - Nodirbek Abdusattorov won the World Rapid and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave claimed the World Blitz title.

The final tiebreak game | Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs Ian Nepomniachtchi | Video: ChessBase India
World Blitz 2021 Final playoff Game | MVL vs Duda | Video: ChessBase India


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